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Bejaria racemosa

Tarflower

Bejaria racemosa Vent.

beh-JARE-ee-ah  rass-eh-MOAS-ah

Ericaceae

 

Explanation of name: Genus named for José Bejar, an 18th Century botanist at Cadiz, Spain (see NYBG web link cited below). Racemosa means branchy. The generic name is sometimes spelled as Befaria, but the spelling Bejaria is specified in the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature as conserved (the only spelling to use).

 

Natural range: Florida and other Southeastern states.

 

Recognition: Native shrub in pine woods characterized by showy white (to pinkish) flowers having 7 long narrow petals. The bases of the flowers are sticky. The leaves are white beneath, and the young stems are hispid.

 

Landscape uses: Abundant naturally but not often cultivated. The flowers are attractive in late spring and summer. This mid sized shrub is most suited to naturalistic plantings.

 

Internet source: http://sweetgum.nybg.org/vh/specimen.php?irn=720013

 

Botanical

English

FL Native

Growth Form

Flowering Season

Typical

Dimensions

Suggested Spacing

Cultural Conditions

Problems

Bejaria racemosa

Tarflower

Native

Shrub

SP-SU

(NE3, PBCC)

To 8’

(PBCC)

4’

(DAV)

Natural habitat is pine woods.

SU-PS

DT

Acid

(DAV)

Not often cultivated

 

 


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